Tu Bishvat in Jerusalem 2019

Tu Bishvat is the Jewish new year for the trees. As one of the only two countries in the world that entered the 21st century with a net gain in its number of trees, Israel has much to celebrate, especially considering that the Land of Israel does not have natural forests, which means that all its forests are hand-planted.

In 2019 Tu Bishvat falls on January 20-21, but there are numerous Tu Bishvat-themed events in the weeks leading up to the holiday. Take this opportunity to breathe in the beautiful, fresh wintry air of Jerusalem, see the almond trees in full blossom and make your green mark by planting a tree in the Land of Israel. Note that outdoor activities are subject to change due to weather condition, so make sure you check in advance. 

Tu Bishvat 2018 Events in & around Jerusalem

Tish Bishvat

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Beit Avi Chai presents a special activity for the upcoming holiday – Tish Bishvat: a special feast hosted by Rabbi David Menachem, featuring Dov Elbaum and Neta Elkayam. The guests will discuss nature, human renewal, and all that jazz. Beverages and traditional holiday foods will be served.

Where: 44 King George Street, Jerusalem
When: Friday, January 26, 2018 at 9:00 pm
Cost: Free. Based on availability. Advance registration at Beit Avi Chai Box Office and on website starts Jan 21-Jan 26 at 11:00 am

A Shvat Saturday Night: Man. Tree. Field.

Beit Avi Chai hosts a special Saturday night, which is all about music, text, and nature. Tamar Elad-Efelbom will host the event, featuring musicians Peretz and Mark Eliahu and friends. The activity keeps Shabbat and welcomes religious, as well as, secular audiences.

Where: 44 King George Street, Jerusalem
When: Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 9:30 pm
Cost: Regular – 60 ILS; Students – 30 ILS

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For People Are The Tree of The Field – Tu Bishvat Tour at Yad Izhak Ben Zvi

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Photo: Courtesy of Yad Ben Zvi

Yad Ben Zvi Institute is taking you on a tour among the people, the plants, and the buildings of the Jewish Quarter. Walk through the alleyways of the quarter, see Jerusalem in its constant renewal, discover the reason behind the absence of trees in Jerusalem, and other secrets and mysteries. Guide: Shifra Island.

Where: Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem
When: Thursday, February 1, 2018, 5:00-7:00 pm
Cost: 50 ILS

Tu’ Beshvat on Mount Herzl How do leaders grow?

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“Everything you planted … will be worthless and wither,

If freedom of thought and expression, generosity and love of people, will not flourish in you “(Herzl, Altneuland)

Tu’ Beshvat on Mount Herzl:

30.1.18 Tu’Beshvat Eve.

16:30- Herzl Museum (English)

17:30-18:30: Lantern tour, how do leaders grow? (English)

31.1.18Tu’Beshvat day

17:00- Herzl Museum (English)

18:00-19:00- Lantern tour, how do leaders grow?  (English)

Tickets: 40 NIS – A ticket includes a museum visit and a tour .

In case of rain: the museum tours will continue as normal and a lecture will be given accompanied by a presentation in a covered hall adjacent to the museum.

Entrance by appointment only. To coordinate and purchase tickets contact:

Telephone: 072-3944528 or Email: museum@wzo.org.il

A Biblical Tu Bishvat w/ Live The Bible


Photo: Courtesy of Live The Bible

Interested in a unique family portrait? Look no further! Live the Bible is a photography attraction that will dress you up in biblical costumes and make sure this Tu Bishvat is unforgettable!

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A Family Tu Bishvat Celebration at Kiftzuba

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Photo: Courtesy of Kiftzuba

Kiftzuba amusement park welcomes all children and parents to a fun Tu Bishvat day with creative workshops that include: decorating and planting trees, and sweet almond trees from popcorn and apples. An experiential scavenger hunt will also take place as well as blooming activities and a circle singing activity.

Where: Tzuba, Jerusalem Hills, Israel
When: February 3, 2018. Workshops: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm; Games: 11:00 am; 1:00 pm.

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Open Your Heart to Nature

The First Station invites all nature lovers, children and adults, for 2 days of nature experiences! Visit the “Time Travel” wagon in the Museum of Nature between 4:00-6:00 pm and participate in unique workshops, such as plant design and medicinal herbs class for kids. On Wednesday, January 31, the Kids Station will officially open the “Tree of Wishes” with “Adon Choco” show by artist Dan Eilon. More activities to look forward to: recycling workshops, a colorful flower market, and unique jam and tea stands.

Where: The First Station, 4 David Remez St, Jerusalem
When: Tuesday – Wednesday, January 30-31, 2018
Cost: Free

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Guided Tours at The National Library

Join a tree-free tour at the National Library. The National Library of Israel has a huge digitized center of e-books, state maps printed on cotton fabrics, a collection of tribal metal amulets, and plenty of virtual texts in the ARCHINET – the Israeli Internet Archive.

Where: Hebrew University, Giva’at Ram Campus
When: Tuesday-Wednesday, January 30-31, 2018, 5:00-6:00 pm
Cost: Adults – 20 ILS; Seniors – 15 ILS
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The Reblooming Hurva

Watch as the ancient Hurva Synagogue reblooms with an experiential guided tour! Hear the touching story of the community that settled the land of Israel, admire the view from the synagogue rooftop terrace, and end your journey by planting ornamental flowers in front of the synagogue’s beautiful facade.

Where: Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem
When: Sunday-Thursday, January 28 – February 1, 2018
Hebrew Tours at 11:00 am & 2:00 pm; English Tours at 12:30 pm
Cost: Adults – 20 ILS; Children – 10 ILS

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Happy Birthday Dear Trees! – Garden Party

Visit the city’s Botanical Gardens and wish a happy birthday to our beautiful trees in a fun garden party. What to expect? Navigation and riddle games, creative workshops from nature materials, flower planting, and many more surprises.

Where: The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens
When: Saturday, January 27, 2018, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Cost: Members – Free; Local children with 1 parent: 10 ILS; Adults: 35 ILS; Senors/Students/Soldiers – 25 ILS; Yerushalmi card holders – 28 ILS. Activities are included in admission fee.
For more details: Tel. 02-6794012

Where to Stay in Jerusalem

Visiting Jerusalem during the holiday? Check out the city’s accommodation options:

Restaurants in Jerusalem

Hungry after your day in nature? Jerusalem is filled with great restaurants to help you deal with your post-hiking appetite.

Photo: Judith Marcus